The Kingborough & Huon Business Enterprise Centre is Southern Tasmania's leading facilitator of small and medium business enterprise development in Kingborough & the Huon Valley.
The Centre is local, non-profit and autonomous and is owned by the people and business community of the two regions, with offices in Kingston and Huonville. You can assist us to continue our work by becoming a member.
The Centre is supported by the Australian and State Governments, Kingborough Council and Huon Valley Council -is governed by a Board of local business people and representatives of community organisations.
For more information about the regions we operate in:
Manager, Kingston & Huon Valley Offices
The majority of Scott’s working career has been in Banking and Finance, prior to him joining KHBEC in August 2008. So giving business guidance and support to existing business owners and those people contemplating starting a business is something Scott is well versed in.
Having owned two prior businesses – one a start-up, the other being a purchase of a going concern has given Scott greater understanding and empathy with small business owners.
“As a Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s largest banks I felt I had a good understanding of small business – which I did. But when you’re running your own show, paying wages, rent and other bills – the full comprehension of ensuring sales are made to meet these costs lifts your understanding of being in the zone more than you could have ever appreciated before”.
Over his years with KHBEC, Scott has been keen to organise and run events such as business breakfasts, business opportunity dinners, business expos, business awards and happy hours.
“These events are great for our clients to network in and receive business education – and to have fun as well”Scott was also the Business Manager for a successful Hobart retailer where his major focus was on optimising business growth and profitability through identifying new ways of doing business, new service offerings and new market opportunities.
Daniela is a business management professional with over 10 years of experience in developing and managing hospitality businesses in Hobart.
Originally from Germany (the not unusual story of the backpacker that got stuck….) she has translated her business background, formal business qualifications and experience into the business advisory and training environment.
She has worked an employment program coordinator and trainer, small business consultant, as well as a business mentoring program coordinator.
With her theoretical but also practical knowledge she enjoys assisting anyone who considers small business by helping them to make informed decisions but also helping them to develop their own thinking when it comes to building their small business.
“I have learned from my own experience how continually evolving is an important part in the small business journey, along with flexibility, tenacity, as well as the willingness to come back from making mistakes”
Daniela specifically assists with our Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program
Prior to joining KHBEC, the majority of Kerry’s career has been working in the Banking and Finance industry with a large part of that time dedicated to working with small to medium sized businesses.
Wanting a break away from the industry he decided to buy a small café and gift shop, so had to learn the intricacies of running his own business. In addition to the above, Kerry worked in event management and marketing.
“I have a passion for working with the local community and obtain great pleasure in seeing people achieve their dreams. It gives me great pleasure when I am able to assist in the achievement of that dream.”
Ken has joined KCEC on secondment from the ATO, where he has been working in small business help and education for many years and has recently been the project leader for developing a cash flow coaching kit, designed to help small business owners understand and manage their business cash flow.
Ken joined the ATO in 2000 as a graduate and his first role was working as a field officer travelling around Tasmania assisting small business owners to come to grips with managing and reporting GST.
Prior to joining the ATO, Ken was a small business owner for around 15 years, having purchased a going concern and also setting up a new business.
His experiences in owning and operating small businesses have given Ken a keen insight into the ups and downs of business ownership, and its impacts on other aspects of life. Now combined with formal business qualifications and 20 years’ experience in the ATO, that insight places Ken in an ideal position to advise and guide small business owners in their journey.
His role will be to work in the general KCEC team and will receive direction and support whilst undertaking a range of duties including:
· Assist mentoring new business start-ups under the Entrepreneur Facilitator Program (Federal)
· Assist existing businesses under the State Govt Business Enterprise Centre Program, including strategic partners of Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre Inc
· Undertake joint workshops for both above programs
· Undertake joint workshops and one-on-one assistance with new and existing businesses on the Cash Flow Coaching Kit Program
· Attend group team meetings
· Be available as an information source for ATO and tax related matters for the KCEC team members and clients.